Nicolai Lilin is a Russian writer of Siberian origin, born in 1980 a Bender, in Transnistria (independent state recognized today as the Republic of Moldova, but at that time part of the Soviet Union) and 2004 he moved to Italy. Lives and works in Milano. In 2009 Public Einaudi Siberian Education, her debut novel, written directly in Italian, which immediately became a publishing. The first to praise Siberian Education Roberto Saviano has been in the pages of the Republic, Lilin, and since then has won the Italian readers, and the interest of television, who invited him to several television programs (Ice Age, Chiambretti Night, Barbary Sciock, Maurizio Costanzo Talk). Siberian Education has been translated into fourteen languages and has sold the rights to eighteen other countries in the World.
The interest of this novel comes to the world of cinema: Academy Award winner will be Gabriele Salvatores to direct the film trasposizone Siberian Education: the production company Cattleya, In fact, along with Universal Pictures has bought the film rights to the book. The film will be released in 2013 and one of the protagonists is John Malkovich.
Nell'aprile of 2010 Nicolai Lilin signed another unique book, Freefall, hard and true as already Siberian Education. And it does first-person recounting his experience of eighteen in the ranks of the Russian army in Chechnya.
Without filters or ideologies, Lilin writes of the war in Chechnya as nothing had been done, transforming the conflict in the mirror of all contemporary wars, hyper technological, inhuman. The novel in 2010 Minerva Award winner for "Literature of the Civil Commitment" and the Prize “The Magna Capitana” Foggia and was a finalist in three other literary awards.
In 2011 closes the trilogy inspired by the real-life stories from the book The breath of the dark (Einaudi). A history of «final», The Chronicle of a time that has transformed a soldier, a sniper, a veteran in the man who writes this book.
In November 2012 exits Stories on the skin, a book of short stories and pictures that delves into territory that no one has ever explored: the world of Siberian tattoos.
In addition to devote himself to writing, Nicolai Lilin writes for Repubblica and L'Espresso magazine and collaborates with other. In 2011 founded a cultural center in Milan, Kolima Contemporary Culture, a place dedicated to art and photography exhibitions, animated by other cultural events such as readings, acoustic concerts, Literary and theatrical presentations. From 2012 He teaches at IED Milan. Its activities also include those related to art and tradition of design and symbolism of the tattoo Siberian, full of complex codes and techniques that distinguish, the theme of his first exhibition of works “The Siberian Tattoo | Back to the Roots“.